German prosecutors fine Audi 800 million euros for diesel violations

Emissions test on a VW

Image Audi is part of the VW group which also contains the Seat and Skoda brands in its stable

In this case, the diesel emissions cheating affected almost 5 million cars sold by the Volkswagen group in Europe and the United States, prosecutors said.

German law enforcement authorities have fined Volkswagen's luxury division Audi 800 million euros ($1.3 billion), as the fallout continues after the carmaker sold cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

Prosecutors in Munich said on Tuesday the fine was imposed because Audi management neglected its oversight duties in selling cars with engines made by it and group partner Volkswagen that did not conform to legal limits on harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides.

Munich prosecutors have issued an administrative order against Audi for deviations from regulatory requirements in certain V6 and V8 diesel engines.

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Audi accepted the fine and will not lodge an appeal against it, the company said in a statement.

It was noted that Ingolstadt also failed to discover that EA288 (Gen3) engines in the United States of America and Canada and EA189 engines worldwide produced by Volkswagen were advertised, sold to customers, and placed on the market with an impermissible software function from 2004.

VW admitted in 2015 to building so-called "defeat devices" into 11 million cars worldwide, in a massive cheating scandal dubbed "dieselgate".

Earlier this month, Volkswagen broke the contract of Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler, who is now being investigated over his alleged involvement in the diesel cheating. The prosecutors said this included profits from the sales of affected vehicles.

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In total, the case dealt with nearly five million cars worldwide built between 2004 and 2018.

Prosecutors had jailed him in June, saying the move was necessary to stop him trying to influence witnesses.

Shares in Volkswagen (VLKAF) and Audi (AUDVF) were trading higher on Tuesday.

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